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A Cold Stroll

In the summer, spring and fall, going for a walk or run is a no-brainer. After all, the weather is typically mild, and as long as you stay hydrated, it’s not too difficult to get in a pleasant walk or run. In the winter however, that can change. When the weather turns cold, there are specific aspects to consider to ensure you’re walk or run is not only safe, but also enjoyable.

Keeping that in mind, the other day when I took a walk on the Louisville Loop around the Humana Grand Allee, I kept the following tips from the Mayo Clinic in mind:   

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, almost everyone can exercise safely during cold weather. However, the clinic recommends that if you have certain conditions, such as asthma or heart problems, its best to check with your doctor before you workout in cold weather.

Oh, and if you’re running with Fido, keep in mind that if it’s too cold for you to run unprotected, it’s likely too cold for them as well! Consider purchasing footwear for your dog to wear in cold winter weather to protect their paws.

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from exercising outdoors! As long as you take the proper precautions, there’s no need to exercise indoors all the way from December to February.

Although there may not be as much green foliage, there are still plenty of great sights to enjoy at The Parklands of Floyds Fork in the winter. So get out, and get your blood pumping!

About the Author

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Rachel Zabonick

Northern Kentucky native Rachel Zabonick moved to Louisville a few years ago and never looked back. A graduate of Ohio University, Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism. She is an Editor by day and enthusiastic hiker by night. When not exploring The Parklands of Floyds Fork with her dog Peanut, you might find her enjoying a good book or spending time with family. Fun fact: Rachel can solve a Rubik cube in under two minutes.

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